Cyn Vargas has wowed us from her first day teaching, back nearly two years ago. Her humility, passion for writing, and love of teaching and sharing her craft has touched many many people. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing – Fiction from Columbia College Chicago, and won multiple awards, including the 2013 Guild Literary Complex Prose Award for Fiction and a Top 25 Finalist award and an Honorable Mention award in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers contests.

Her work has appeared in Word Riot, Curbside Splendor, Hypertext Magazine, and elsewhere. She says she writes “because it’s her way of legally exposing herself in public.” 🙂

Currently, Cyn is offering a six-class Dabble series called Creative Writing Workshop.


By Cyn Vargas


Resolutions are made to be broken. They are temporary. They make us feel strong in the five minutes we really do believe we’ll give up french fries or when I decide I will cut down my sleep from six hours to five, so I can squeeze in some exercise instead of squeezing into my pants.

But unless you are settling, “living” life in a pattern, in a routine of the mundane because it is familiar, because it is safe, then you realize, then you know, that time flies fast and life will go on with or without you. So, there is no time to waste. It’s time to move.

My approach to the New Year is the same as my approach to life – move. I’m a writer and I teach writing classes and what my students learn from the start is that characters have to move forward in action and in thought, in order for a story to happen.

Same as in life.

I’m not one to settle. When I wanted to go get my MFA, I went and did it. Sure, I was also working full-time and had an 18-month old and a husband, but I had to do it. I wanted to do it. I needed to do it.  And three years later, I got my MFA. Was it easy? Did I sleep? Do I have so many bags under my eyes that those bags have purses and those purses have wallets? Yes. Yes. And YES, but I did it. Me. And that feels awesome.

So, what is it that you want to do? That you said last year, “This is the year,” and then 365 days went into schedules, and work, and family and friends, and roughly 400 cups of coffee, and you’re back saying, “This is the year.” Every year isn’t the year. We could make a case for not following through on something we have always wanted to do because there are other things we could be doing. A million things, but what time are you spending on YOU?

Make a case for this really being the year. Growing, and learning, and failing, and laughing, and succeeding, and feeling that pride of doing something on your own, and for yourself, is not only reserved for kids. We, as adults, need that too.

I wanted to take a pole dancing class this past summer and I did. Was I good at it? Hell no. I had bruises on my thighs and nearly gave myself whiplash by swinging around my hair, but I had fun. I had always wanted to try it.  And being the writer that I am, now I have a story to tell.

This is all to say, don’t make a resolution to try new things or do (fill in the blank) because you have always wanted to. Skip the resolution. A resolution is just a placeholder that will dissolve.

Don’t even wait for 2014 to get here. Go. Do. Move. Now. No one can take out time for you, but you and without knowing you, I’m pretty sure I can safely say you deserve it.

And at the very least, you’ll have your own story to tell too.

 Cheers to you.